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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 17.11 Acer's Florist & Garden Center March 16, 2017
seeds and supplies

It's time to start planning your veggie garden. Stop into Acer's TODAY for all your seed starting supplies and free expert advice.

houseplants

Come in and visit our brand new houseplant center!! Stop by anytime, and bring home easy-care plants to brighten your home and help clean the air. We have a large selection of house plants and tropicals, with beautiful pots.
Click here for a quick video tour of our new greenhouse
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baskets


Great selection of Gourmet Gift Baskets, including Stonewall


Give a Gourmet Basket as a gift or bring one to any occasion

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computerized landscape design?
Call (631) 343-7123 or send pics to Jim@acersgardencenter.com.


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St Patrick's Day

Once a year, everyone is Irish! St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, is celebrated each year on March 17th, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in AD 461. His early years, from his birth in AD 385, were hardly the stuff of saints. Until the age of 16 he considered himself a pagan. Sold into slavery by marauders that raided his village, he found God during his six year captivity. After twelve years of theological study, he realized that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity.

Patrick's thirty year mission in Ireland consisted of his traveling throughout the country establishing monasteries, schools and churches. He used the shamrock, the symbol of Ireland, to demonstrate the principle behind the Holy Trinity: one leaf for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Spirit.

Why not decorate your table for the traditional St. Patrick's Day feast of green beer and corned beef and cabbage with a variety of potted clovers that are part of the tradition of the "wearin' o' the green"? The white clover, or Trifolium repens, is considered to be the original shamrock, but the Irish also sport the lesser trefoil or hop clover (Trifolium dubium), the red clover (Trifolium pretense) and the black medick (Medicago lupulina). In preparation for the holiday, you can grow the Americanized version of the lucky clover, the Oxalis. Hardy only in zones 8 to 9, it is usually grown as a houseplant. It loves bright light, and moist, well-drained soil, but as the plant begins to go dormant, keep the soil barely moist and resume regular watering in the spring when the plant puts out new growth.

The rare four-leaf clover is believed to hold Druidic power as the Druids used clovers in spells; for them the leaves represented the four elements of alchemy: water, earth, air and fire. Even in more modern times, it is thought that the four-leaf clover grants the carrier the ability to see fairies and detect witches.

If you are lucky enough to find (or grow!) a four leaf clover, carry it with you! One leaf symbolizes FAITH, the second is for HOPE, the third is for LOVE, and the fourth is for LUCK.


Garden Primer

Can I grow herbs from cuttings?


Answer:

You can take cuttings any time that the mother plants are still actively growing and healthy. Always use a shallow (less than 3 inches deep) container that is new or has been sterilized with 1 part bleach to nine parts water.

We recommend indoor greenhouse trays that come with clear plastic covers.

Use a mixture of peat moss and sand or a seed starting mix. Wet your mixture completely with lukewarm water. Always keep your soil moist, not soggy, so the new plant roots have oxygen. Select new stems and prune no more than 3 inches. Strip the leaves off the bottom half of the cutting with your fingers. Make a final angled cut (at a former leaf node) so more of the stem will be exposed to root.

Use a pencil to make holes in the soil. Dip the cut end of your cutting into rooting hormone and place in the hole, firming the mix around your cutting. (There should be no leaves touching the mix.) Mist your cutting a few times daily to keep it moist and cover with plastic or a mini greenhouse cover to keep it humid.

Place your pots or trays in a warm location where soil temperatures can be maintained between 65 and 75 degrees. You can use a heating mat if needed, but check your soil moisture more often if one is used. When new growth resists when you gently tug on the plant, then it is ready for potting.

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